HC Deb 26 July 2000 vol 354 c622W
Fiona Mactaggart

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he has taken to promote the uptake of the Royal College of Gynaecologists' guidelines entitled The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion. [131463]

Yvette Cooper

The Department has alerted all independent sector places carrying out termination of pregnancy to this new guideline. One of the conditions for approval is that practice should be guided by authoritative guidelines such as those from the Royal Colleges and we will monitor implementation during inspection visits. We expect the guideline to be used as the basis of local protocols that will promote the development of high quality services and take account of local needs and service provision.

In addition, the guideline will be considered as part of the national sexual health and HIV strategy currently being developed.